The Metropolitan Police have released a statement following the death of two suspected aggravated burglary suspects after they collided with a coach having driven the wrong way on the A40 in west London.
At around 20:40 hours on Sunday 10th February, police responded to a report of an aggravated burglary at a residential address in Harrow.
An aggravated burglary is one where the suspects commit the burglary with an aggravting element such as being in possession of a firearm or other weapon.
When officers arrived at the scene, three suspects made off from the police in a vehicle.
A pursuit was then initiated which also involved assistance from the National Police Air Service (NPAS).
After around 20 minutes, approximately 21:00 hours, the vehicle containing the suspects that
The pursuing officers did not follow the car, but the fleeing vehicle continued along its path into on-coming traffic.
The fleeing vehicle was then involved in a collision with a coach near to the junction with Kingsdown Avenue, W3.
There were three occupants inside the suspects vehicle.
Two people, one male and one female, were pronounced dead at the scene. A second male was taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed that, as is standard practice in these situations, the Independent Office for Police Conduct have been informed.
Whilst it is always tragic when incidents such as these result in the loss of life, we should keep in mind that the officers behind the vehicle did not follow it after it proceeded towards oncoming traffic on the wrong side of the road.
Aggravated Burglary is a serious crime and thus the officers involved in the pursuit would have wanted to make sure that the suspects were apprehended.
If we ask the police to protect us from being the victim of violent and serious crimes, then we should support and back them when they put their own lives on the line to bring those responsible for such crimes to justice.
Let us hope that the IOPC concludes their investigation as quickly as possible so the officers involved in this tragic incident can continue to keep the general public protected from serious criminals.
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